Horses are regaining popularity out there, after a brief period of being traded off by owners who were just too excited to own motorcycles. Horses and carabaos were the only means of public transport and cargo carrier since time immemorial in the sitios of Upian, Malikongkong, and Guilon, until the other year when a road was made.
Driving motorcycles is cool in those parts. Many have not only sold horses for downpayments, one man even exchanged two hectares of his land for a second-hand motorcycle. The motorcycle is not even a year old now, but can no longer be used. One more member of an indigenous tribe has been taken advantage of — a motorcycle that wasn’t even roadworthy in exchange for a vast tract of land.
Motorcycles tires couldn’t last long against those rough roads up there. For poor families, the cost of a new motorcycle tire can set them far back. Money is scarce there.
While horses, all they need is grass and water… and with a mare and a sperm donor, they don’t only grow strong year by year into the horses’ heydays, they can also reproduce.
As one of the elder sons of the man who exchanged his land for a motorcycle said, “Sayang (What a waste).”